Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

This Friday, December 14, the Chamber of Commerce will help with a ribbon cutting and open house for the Gila Regional Ankle and Foot Clinic. Dr. Gregory Iwassa and his staff look forward to meeting the public as they show  their new offices and discuss all the health procedures that can use to help you with problems you may have with your feet or ankles. The ribbon cutting and open house begins at 11:00 am. Gila Regional Ankle & Foot Clinic is located at 1280 East 32nd Street in Silver City. The clinic is across the street from Gila Regional Medical Center.

Then on Friday, December 21, the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house for HoneeBeeGoods bakery at the corner of Bullard and Broadway Streets in Silver City. So, big deal, they have been open for a while...but they never had a ribbon cutting or a big open house. That's why they are inviting you to visit their shop at 4:30 p.m. next Friday, just in time for Christmas. It's sort of a holiday open house - official Grand Opening. Owners Sarah and Alex look forward to meeting you and you may even get to taste some of their delicious baked goods.

Tapas Tree Grill has opened in their new location at 619 North Bullard Street in downtown Silver City. They still have the same great menu filled with delicious foods that some say is a Global Street Food Adventure. There's no doubt we will be announcing a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tapas Tree in the near future.

So, many people travel around the country during the holiday season. More than likely, some of you reading this article have trips planned for Christmas or the New Year. I pray that you have safe travels.

There are always things that can happen when traveling. The vehicle breaks down or maybe you have a flat tire. For whatever reason, your flight gets cancelled or runs late. You never know. And it doesn’t matter how well you plan the trip… something could go wrong.

Recently, I have made several trips to Scottsdale, Arizona. I enjoy the daytime driving down Highway 90 to Lordsburg, then Highway 70 to Globe and Highway 60 into the Phoenix area. It’s a beautiful drive and I think it is much better than going down Interstate 10. But on the return trip, I usually don’t get back to Grant County until after dark. The roads are great – until you get to Lordsburg and turn north of Highway 90. That’s when the driving gets tough.

So, Black Friday has come and gone. The 2018 Small Business Saturday is now in the history books. And of course, the news is that more money was spent this year than ever before on Cyber Monday sales.

I know many of you hit the stores and markets this past weekend, but did you spend all your money?

Hey, we have another weekend of holiday markets, entertainment and the promise of delicious food right here in Grant County… so I hope you aren’t broke yet.

This Friday will be a busy day at the Chamber of Commerce. We will start the morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the offices of the Grant County Community Foundation at 10:00 a.m. Although their offices have been located at 1106 North Pope Street in Silver City, New Mexico for a while, there never was an event for the public to stop by and check them out. Well, now you can, so please stop by on Friday – November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Rather than having to search for a street number, the Grant County Community Foundation is located in the old Silver City Office of Sustainability building just south of Gough Park (used to be a gas station). We hope you can come by and meet some of the Grant County Community Foundation Board of Directors and learn what they do for this community.

Then at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, November 16, the doors open at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center for the annual Grant County Awards Banquet. The cost for Chamber Members is $40.00 each, or a table for eight is $280.00. The cost to non-chamber members is $45.00 each or $320.00 for a table of eight. There are still a few seats left. You can call our office at (575) 538-3785 to purchase tickets.

Tomorrow morning (Thursday), there will be a press conference in the lobby of the Grant County Conference Center. Advanced Air, the company that has been awarded the flight service from Tucson and Albuquerque to the Grant County Airport, will announce their plans for flights to Silver City/Grant County. The press conference begins at 10:00 a.m. The press and the public are invited to attend. This is a good time to meet some of the officials of Advanced Air and hear about the plans to smoothly convert from Boutique Air to Advanced Air’s service. The Grant County Conference Center is located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City, New Mexico.

This Friday, November 9, the Chamber of Commerce will assist with a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the re-Grand Opening Farmers Insurance – Seawolf Agency. Ruth Seawolf and her staff have moved to a new office space at 2005 Highway 180 East – Suite 500 in Silver City. The new office is in the strip center that shares parking spaces with Wrangler Bar & Grill. When you pull into Wrangler’s, just go to the building at the end of the parking lot. The phone numbers, the website address, the email address… they have not changed. It’s just the physical address. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and the open house that begins at 10:00 a.m. this Friday.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

I have heard people say that they simply might not vote because they are just plain tired of the political attack ads being run by the candidates. Or, they will not vote because they don’t like either of the candidates. Okay, I get it… we are tired of the insane amount of attack ads also… but you’re not going to vote because of the ads? Bad idea! It really is sad that many of the attack ads you see on television, you hear on the radio, you see on social media… well, most of those don’t come from the candidate. They come from Political Action Committees that favor one candidate or party over the other. The candidates usually don’t know anything about the attack ads until they begin playing or they come out in the paper. Although the television stations, radio stations, newspapers, and social media outlets make decent money running the attack ads… the ads themselves are a blight on the political process. Movie Star and Producer Ron Howard was quoted as saying, “Instead of candidates hiring people, like yours truly, to create campaign media that works on both conscious and subconscious levels to sway the voting public, what if all TV ads were, by law, only allowed to feature the candidate, with, say, the American flag as the backdrop, alone, speaking directly to the camera?” We would like that. A candidate simply explaining why people should vote for him or her… that would be nice.

The new interactive, electronic Grant County Map is now available on the homepage of the Silver City Grant County website… www.silvercity.org. You can even download the map as a pdf file, then print it for yourself. You will see the names of advertising sponsors on the left-hand side of the map. Click on a business name and you will immediately be shown where the business is on the Grant County map. We hope to have the paper maps in our Chamber of Commerce office within the next week.

The Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the date of the 2018 Grant County Awards banquet. It will be held on Friday – November 16 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center in Silver City. Nomination forms are currently available for the following awards:
2018 Grant County Citizen of the Year
2018 Linda K. Jones Humanitarian of the Year
2018 Grant County Volunteer of the Year
2018 Grant County Small Business of the Year
2018 Grant County Large Business of the Year

Let’s get right to the serious items before I discuss the not-so-serious.

As you place your votes this fall, the ballot will have several General Obligation Bonds on it. The first two bonds are for Grant County. The money from these bonds will be used to repair county roads and repair/renovate county assets such as the County Courthouse, Administration Building, and the County Detention Center. As you are probably aware, there are many county roads that need work done to them. We have invested dollars in county buildings, and many of these buildings now need maintenance before the deterioration becomes too great. The Chamber of Commerce recommends that you vote for these General Obligation Bonds for Grant County.

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